Crystal Mae Howard


October 5, 1916 - April 30, 2010




Crystal Mae Howard was born on October 5, 1916 to Cernie and Eva (Thompson) Hemness on a farm northeast of Inwood, IA where she grew up.  She graduated from Inwood High School.  After graduating she attended beauty school and began her lifelong career (1934 to 1995) of being a beauty operator, working many years in Canton and Mitchell.

Crystal married Gerald A. Howard.  They lived in Canton, SD and Brooten, MN before moving to Mitchell in 1958 where they lived out the remainder of their years.  Crystal loved playing the piano for her own enjoyment and others as well.  She had a natural talent of being able to play by “ear” and could play any song requested of her without any music.  She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Mitchell.

Crystal is survived by her son, Gary (Ann) Howard of Oliver, British Columbia; two grandchildren:  Nick Howard of Sioux Falls, SD and Heather Howard of Cold Springs, NY; two sisters:  Leota Madland and Eleanor (Dick) Schemmel both of Inwood, IA and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her parents and her brother, Glenn Hemness.



To Be Announced


Saturday, May 8, 2010
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kimberly Mattke on May 25, 2010
Crystal was a great woman. I wish we would have had the chance to have known her longer and would have had the opportunity for her and her great-grandson Tyler and great-great grandson Cadence know what a wonderful person she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family....God Bless.
Posted by Bud Synhorst on May 10, 2010
Crystal and Jerry were neighbors of my family when I was a very young child on Sandborn Street in Mitchell. Jerry tought me fishing, which I love to this day. As a kid when we would travel back to Mitchell, my parents and I would stop in and see them - a few times he even took me fishing. I continued to stop and see Crystal after Jerry's passing. My biggest memory as a child was when Crystal had broken her leg. She was using a walker and as a young kid, I was terrified to go to the house to visit because I was scared of her walker. Jerry would sneak me into the house for a snack! I continued to visit Crystal as much as possible when I would go to Mitchell. I always enjoyed the big smile and hug she had for me every time I would stop for a visit. May she and Jerry enjoy eternal life together. They were like my extra set of grandparents even after we moved out of Mitchell. My prayers to the family that you may enjoy ever treasured memory fo these wonderful people. God Bless.
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